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By: Cyndy Scheibe & Faith Rogow

In: The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World

Chapter 4: When Are Questions the Answer? Teaching Students How to Analyze Media Messages

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When Are Questions the Answer? Teaching Students How to Analyze Media Messages
When are questions the answer? Teaching students how to analyze media messages

One of the most rewarding experiences for a teacher is to see students’ “Aha!” moments, those transformative times when a new insight is realized or a new skill is mastered that influences future learning forever. The “deep reading” that media literacy education brings to documents often provides such moments.

In the approach to analysis laid out in this chapter, teachers act as facilitators and models for students' decoding work so that students acquire and improve their own capacity for inquiry. Mastering this method is a defining skill for inquiry-based media literacy educators.

The Fusion of Decoding, Comprehension, and Analysis

The process of analyzing media documents ...

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